Water touches every aspect of development. It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems, and is also linked with nearly every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Meeting the increasing water needs from urbanization, industrialization and agriculture for all-inclusive growth, especially in a situation of increasing water stress and climate variability, is a major concern today. Increasing variability in water availability, regional droughts, urban floods, depleting and deteriorating surface and groundwater sources, wastewater generation etc., are adding to water stress felt by each stakeholder on day-to-day basis.
Considering the above, CII has formed a National Council on Water (NCW) comprising leading companies from varied industry sectors. NCW is a high-level Stakeholders’ Forum to steer the policy advocacy and capacity building work of CII in water sector. The Council through multi-stakeholder engagement with Government and industry aims to create awareness and promote innovative and cost-effective technology solutions and best practices for industry to promote sustainable and efficient use of water resource.
Over the years NCW has been working extensively on different policy issues, solutions and strategies concerning water security, water & wastewater management and has been representing them to Government. The council has secured significant thought leadership and has made tangible impact in the water policy spheres.
The CII NCW is currently being chaired by Mr Rajesh Sharma, CMD, Ion Exchange (India) Limited
The Terms of Reference of NCW are as follows
To take forward the agenda of NCW in a focused manner, four dedicated core groups (CG) have been constituted
Chaired by Mr Sanjay Singh, Group Head - Paper & Packaging, ITC PSPD, ITC Paper Boards & Specialty Paper Division, the objective of the core group is to conduct a benchmarking study and develop a holistic rating for industry which would assess the performance of the industry in an integrated manner system and support them in optimizing their water use efficiency.
Chairedby Mr Ananya Singhal, Joint MD, Secure Meters Ltd., the objective is to develop a Model Policy for States focusing on an integrated approach towards sustainable water resource planning and development.
Chaired by Mr. Ajay Popat, President, IEL,the objective of the core group is to identify wastewater technologies for various industrial sectors that are scalable, commercially viable and sustainable.
Core Group on Urban Water Management is Co-Chaired by Mr. Sanjiv Paul, Vice President - Safety, Health & Sustainability, Tata Steel Limited and Mr. N K Ranganath, Member, Advisory Group, CII water Institute. The key objective is to propagate an integrated approach towards urban water management.